Fun With Fromage is a whole series of friends of mine eating cheese and getting excited about it. It's way better than I've made that sound.
Interesting things happened to book sales as people prepared for lockdown. My feeling is that bucket list books will be replaced by less worthy and more fun or accessible stories in a couple of weeks. It's a bit like gym resolutions now in the first week after New Year.
Book people, Librarything just went free, no limits https://blog.librarything.com/main/2020/03/librarything-goes-free/
Steve White's Bog Roll Billionaire, for your amusement:
Have written a roundup post for all the free stuff to do while social distancing, if anyone is bored and looking for something to do:
Kitten update: four living kittens born to my friend's cat this morning. No pictures from me as yet - mummy cat was being protective and hiding them when I visited. This is a great sign, because it means she's bonding with them. #caturday
COVID-19 - Good news, science
Folding@Home is being used to investigate the proteins in COVID-19. You can donate your computer's downtime to contribute processing power towards this effort.
Coronavirus, article giving evidence why we should act now
At least for those of us in countries where new cases are rising daily, this is a compelling argument to start social distancing now (with lots of charts! 📈)
"With the no. of cases in countries like the US, Spain, France, Iran, Germany, Japan or Switzerland, Wuhan was already in lockdown."
"Countries that act fast can reduce the [fatality rate, per case] by 10..."
Cold Fire, book 2 in the Spiritwalkers series by Kate Elliott, is a corker. It's a really good mix of sweetness, adventure, and nothing-is-as-it-seems.
Waking up to the revelation that my degree is won't make me richer. I mean, I already knew, but the tables on page 53 and 54 are quite shocking:
I did French Studies.
I can see the government using this as a reason to cut certain HE courses, but to an extent these differences are already corrected for. There has already been a big drop off in A-level language study, for instance.
I really enjoyed All Systems Red. I think the reason it works is that it takes all of the most relatable aspects of being an introvert and puts them in android form.
UCU strike / UCSC strike
Here is a link to the strike fund for the UCSC workers who do not have legal or union protections while they undertake a wildcat strike: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-fund-for-striking-workers-at-ucsc (Read more: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/12/uc-santa-cruz-wildcat-strike )
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